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Love is our Doctrine. Service is our prayer. Justice is our calling.

Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden
Senior Minister (Interim) [email protected]

The Rev. Dr. W. Frederick (Fred) Wooden joins us after serving five congregations over 40 years of clergy service from small and rural to large and urban, and has preached in 100 more.  He is a fourth generation UU, and lives with his spouse Wendy in Grand Rapids MI.  They have two grown sons.

Fred has published in several periodicals including UU World and a half dozen newspapers, composed music for the 1993 “Gray” UU Hymnbook, been a radio host, served the UUA in two elected offices, and ran for Congress in 2018.  Fred is an activist for racial justice, the LGBTQ+ community, and interfaith engagement, organizing the largest interfaith observance in Brooklyn after 9/11.

He is also a pilgrim walker who has hiked along the Camino de Santiago, from Winchester to Canterbury, followed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, traversed the Kumano Kodo in Japan, and has hopes of traveling the Via Francigena.

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Marci Beaudoin
Director of Faith Formation Ministry
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Hayley Wynne
Faith Formation Assistant

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Katie Seiferth
Music Director

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Joe Martin
Maintenance Technician